Iconic African-American Vegans and Vegetarians

Over the years, many civil rights proponents have extended their compassion to animals. See which iconic African-Americans are (or were) vegetarian or vegan.

Coretta Scott King

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

Coretta Scott King

Dick Gregory

“Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel, and brutal taking of life. We don’t have to be a part of it.”


Angela Davis

“I think there is a connection between … the way we treat animals and the way we treat people who are at the bottom of the hierarchy.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton

“Avoiding meat is the way to eat for anyone with a highly charged life. A vegetarian diet has a way of absorbing the stress and gives you greater endurance.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton© StarMaxInc.com

Rosa Parks

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Rosa Parks

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker

“Remember that the biggest thing you could do today is a small act of kindness.”


“When you think about a better tomorrow, you think about veganism in the world.”

RZA Smiling© PETA

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind